Get your picture books off the shelf

CoverBooks fell off your bookshelf? You’re not alone!
Make the most of the books being out and about to read those favourite kids stories – for the kids, or for yourself.

We’ve been into that old classic The very hungry caterpillar. Lots of colour, holes for little fingers, and a lovely feed.

It’s a bit like comfort food – just what we need right now.


Yeah I am. One of the most stressful things was not knowing what was going on and what was the right thing to do. People were telling each other heaps of things which weren’t necessarily correct. So beat that stress by checking in with this website – Canterbury Earthquake. It’s official, it’s regularly updated and it has heaps of commonsense advice for what to do post quake. Scroll down the site and you’ll come to some information about Possible Psychological Reactions to an Earthquake. It’s information provided to CDHB and it makes sense to me. I am not alone in what I am feeling. There is also excellent stuff on coping with stress  from the Ministry of Health.

Canterbury Earthquake also tells you what’s happening with public services – transport, hospitals etc. And if it helps you to know how big that last aftershock was they link to Geonet.

Music – well it always helps me. I went poking around the libraries links to music websites and signed up to There is a 30 track free trial and track 1 is blasting as I type this – The Who – Squeezebox! Brightened me up I can tell you.

Let the music take you away! Stay well folks.

Keeping the Kids Cool While Off School

For all those families who are stuck at home by the consequences of the earthquake and the weather Christchurch City Libraries has some help at hand to keep everyone amused and distracted.

Our brand new Kids Blog was supposed to be launched today. Launching is only a ceremony, the blog is up and running  with lots of interesting stuff already there. Read about favourite authors and join a conversation about what to do while school is closed.

There is a world of fun out there on the internet and our children’s librarians have selected the best kid-friendly sites on our Kids fun pages.  You could play some of the BBC history games, learn how to draw, or read some interviews with great New Zealand authors and illustrators. There are interactive games for all ages.

If you want to keep some learning going on, check out Intrepica. This is a play-based literacy resource with more than 10,000 activities online for children of all ages and ability. Children and parents can select from activities focusing on pre-reading skills, phonics, reading, spelling, vocabulary, grammar and comprehension in a fun, exciting and safe online environment. To use Intrepica you need to first create an account for your child or yourself. You will need your library card number and an email address. Your login details will be emailed to you at that email address.

We hope this will help everyone in the next few days until things get back to normal.

Lift your spirits and join our conversation

Our libraries are shut today – but we’d like to hear how you’re doing!

Even though we’re closed, we’ll use our blog to try and help you lift your spirits by sharing the great material on the library website.

So please join in.

ImageHere’s a few conversation starters:

We’ll post more throughout the day – but please, join our conversation and tell us your favourites – or your newest discovery.

Christchurch City Libraries closed, Wednesday 8 September

Following large aftershocks on the morning of Wednesday 8th September we are now not able to open any libraries today as previously planned. Libraries will remain closed until further notice.

See our news alerts page for the latest information.

For more earthquake information and assistance:

Victoria’s Challenge: Steampunk

coverI’ve decided to “throw my fishing net over the huge amount of a variety of New Titles we are receiving daily.” I’ve ventured into the unknown genre of Steampunk with Dexter Palmer’s The Dream of Perpetual Motion.

This is a bright example of Steampunk genre in modern literature. It’s inheriting steam power elements in the form of a zeppelin that floats high above a fantastic metropolis and fictional technological inventions, such as the cryogenically frozen body of Prospero, the genius and industrial magnate. This is Dexter Palmer’s  debut novel, that combines the best traditions of H. G. Wells, Jules Verne and William Shakespeare.

Christchurch City Libraries update – including information on The Press Christchurch Writers Festival

Due to the Civil Defence state of emergency, please assume all Christchurch City Libraries are still closed. Please stay safe with your family and whanau.
We will let you know re-opening plans as soon as we can.

On a happier note, the organisers of The Press Christchurch Writers Festival met today and announced the Festival will take place this weekend. Please check their website for news and updates.
(Tuesday 7 September update – After last night’s aftershocks, the Festival has been cancelled).

Christchurch experienced a major earthquake 4.35am, Saturday 4 September 2010.

For further information and advice, try the following websites:

World Book Online evolves

World Book Advanced has been upgraded to World Book Web . Features:

  • Thousands of  primary source documents,  including first-person narratives.
  • Research tools including Pathfinders, an interactive atlas that is integrated with Google Maps and  a citation builder.
  • Computer tutorials, How to tutorials and more.

World Book Online InfoFinder : an improved version of the former WorldBook Student.


  • Multimedia collections, including World Book Explores video library, 40,000 encyclopedia articles and more than 10,000 biographies
  • Research tools and guides and personalised My Research accounts
  • Dynamic Interactive Earth feature
  • Science projects for younger and older experimenters!

World Book Online for Kids is a general reference website developed  for younger library patrons. Features:

  • A Biography Center and interactive maps and flags.
  • Easy-to-read articles, fascinating images and auto-correction tools to help with spelling
  • Educational games and activities
  • Science projects of varying degrees of complexity and duration

You can access World Book and many other useful electronic resources from home with your library card number and PIN, or at our community libraries.

Christchurch earthquake: update 9:45am Sunday 5 September

Due to the Civil Defence state of emergency, please assume all Christchurch City Libraries are closed today. Please keep warm and safe with your family and whanau.
We will let you know re-opening plans as soon as we can.

The Christchurch City Council website is advising:

• Today is a day for further damage assessment
• We are asking people to keep travel to a minimum
• Water coming out of the tap may look normal, but needs to be boiled for three minutes before drinking
• Water tankers will be sent to areas of greatest need
• The three welfare centres will remain open as long as they are needed – take personal toiletries and all bedding.

Christchurch experienced a major earthquake yesterday morning 4.35am, Saturday 4 September 2010.

Christchurch earthquake

Christchurch experienced a major earthquake this morning 4.35am, Saturday 4 September 2010.

Please follow Civil Defence for information on what to do.

There is further information on the ECAN (Environment Canterbury) website and public preparedness information on

Kia kaha Christchurch.

Note (Saturday 4.47pm): Please assume all Christchurch City Libraries are closed Saturday and Sunday.
We will let you know re-opening plans as soon as we can.